Construction on the Fanny Bridge Community Revitalization Project is on hold for the winter months, but work will resume in the spring or summer months. Crews started the project in 2017, which includes a new bridge and bypass to realign State Route 89. The new Truckee River Bridge will allow southbound drivers on SR89 to turn right to continue down the west shore of Lake Tahoe.

"It's very important to our community," Danielle Hughes, Capital Program Manager for the Tahoe Transportation District said. "It provides a secondary route of egress for evacuation for regular mobility of our visitors."

The project has been in the works since the 1970s when it was designated as a critical project. Along with the second route, the bridge and bypass allows pedestrian access along the river.

"Pedestrians will have a new walkable path that will go under the new bridge and through the 64-acre tract, so it will provide some additional bike ways and pathways for people to walk," Hughes said.

The bypass is expected to open later this year. That will allow construction to begin on the new Fanny Bridge. Hughes says the aging bridge is structurally deficient.

"It's an older bridge and it needs to be replaced," Hughes said. "It's been on the list for quite some time."

Bridgetender Tavern & Grill is right next door to the bridge. They hope that the sidewalk and bike lanes on the new bridge will help bring more people into the restaurant.

"It's going to bring a little bit of people over to the dam, here to the foot traffic and being able to walk on both sides of the bridge, I think will help a lot," Daniel Mathews, Server at Bridgetender Tavern & Grill said.

While the project could create long-term benefits, Mathews says the construction could keep some people away, since the restaurant is between the bypass and the bridge.

"They'll be able to use the access bridge going down the west shore and I feel like they'll just keep heading down the west shore rather than taking a left to come back towards us," Mathews said.

The project will includes three roundabouts. There will be one on each end of the bypass, and another one at the "wye" area, north of Fanny Bridge. The goal is to make that area more inviting for shopping, increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists, and reduce traffic congestion.

"The roundabout will provide that flow through traffic so the movement of people through both directions and provide pedestrian access," Hughes said.

Many visitors go to the Tahoe City Dam, right next to Fanny Bridge. Hughes says the new bridge will look similar to the old one. 40-year old sewer piping has already been replaced and a new rock wall has been installed near the Caltrans Maintenance Yard. There will also be new signage, landscaping and drainage improvements this year.

"It will have some complete street elements so it will help provide some better business flow," Hughes said. "That's going to help with some lighting and it will help everyone."

The $35.5 million project is expected to be completed in 2020.